Friday, February 14, 2014

Twitter, Facebook really do make people stupid, says science


2014 exists in an era when technology allows us to instantaneously access vast amounts of information; however, this advancement has apparently caused our intellect to dwindle, resulting in a population of people unable to think analytically.

A recent study conducted by Dr. lyad Rahwan, an honorary at the University of Edinburgh, revealed frequenters of social network sites like Twitter and Facebook, have difficulty thinking critically and independently.

Dr. Rahwan's study consisted of a group of 20 individuals whom he asked three trick questions repeatedly.

"For example they were told that a bat and ball cost 1.10 [British pounds (GBP)] in total and that the bat cost 1 [GBP] more than the ball, and then they were asked to work out how much the ball costs," reported the Daily Mail.

"The intuitive answer is 10p but the correct answer is actually 5p."

The test subjects stuck to their original answers even after being questioned repeatedly. Then the doctor provided the same questions to a second group, this time allowing them to first answer individually and then answer together in a group where they could see each others' responses. It became apparent when one subject achieved the correct answer. Soon the other group members followed suit, immediately changing their answers to the correct one.

Surprisingly, the group did no better when asked the second or third questions, leaving Dr. Rahwan surprised and able to suggest that the subjects were "copying the answers without putting any real thought into what they were doing."

In other words, as usual, the sheep were simply following the other sheep.

"We think people are unwilling to reflect more because it takes time and effort and in daily life we don't have the luxury of time to verify everything," commented Dr. Rahwan.

It turns out that immediate access to endless amounts of information is actually inhibiting our thought processes instead of adding to it. Researchers call it "superficial intelligence" and an encourager of relying on others' opinions.

For the rest of the story: http://www.naturalnews.com/043915_Twitter_Facebook_stupidity.html

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